Trenčín 2026 Cultivating Curiosity is a result of the intensive work of hundreds of citizens, artists, creatives and experts. We are incredibly grateful to all the people who invested their time and energy into shaping the project together with preparatory team, often in their free time.

Preparatory ECoC Team


Lucia Dubačová

Project Manager Trenčín 2026

Lucka came to the team as a fresh wind three months before the project was handed over and she managed to draw the best out of it. As a project manager, she is in charge of leading the team, planning further directions as well as working with partners and building a project vision. In everyday life, Lucka works as the founder of the festival of digital art and culture Sensorium and in Inolab of the Slovak Design Center.



Veronika Sučanská

Outreach manager,

Coordinator of youth work

Veronika largely focused on the Outreach part of the project and considered how to involve all groups of residents in the process of preparation and implementation of the project. As an employee of the city, Veronika works with young people. In addition, she takes part in the GLOBSEC Bratislava forum every year.



Barbora Janáková

Marketing and outreach manager

Barbora was in charge of communication with the public and the creation and management of social media and a website in the project. In the project, she focused on developing a Cultivating Curiosity marketing plan. In everyday life she worked as a co-founder of the Pucle brand and organizes various cultural events in Trenčín. She's a full-time mother now.

Currently on maternity leave.


Kristína Milová

Capacity to Deliver Manager

Kika is one of the most important element of the whole project. She is in charge of communication with various focus groups within the city, she takes care of paying invoices or solving unsolvable assignments.



Lenka Kuricová

Program Manager

Lenka worked mainly on the chapter Cultural and Artistic Content in the Bid Book Cultivating Curiosity. She consulted the program, the content of numerous projects and the whole concept with many experts, including her professor from the VŠVU in the field of Intermedia Multimedia Ilona Németh. In everyday life, Lenka works as a creative entrepreneur and co-founder of the Slovak design brand Pucle.



Patrik Žák


Patrik is in charge of the financial budgets and planning of the Cultivating Curiosity project, but the large number of photographs that are used in the project creation process as well as in the Bid Book itself come from him. He works professionally as the vice-mayor of Trenčín.



Martin Pyšný

Graphic designer

Thanks to Martin, the whole visual identity of Cultivating Curiosity was created, which is carried not only in the printed Bid Book but also in the entire visual communication. Martin is professionally engaged in graphic design, especially font design, and is behind, for example, his own typography for dyslexics. 


Peter Kohout

Capacity to Deliver Manager 

Peter, as the architect of the city of Trenčín, worked to a large extent within the project as the chief planning strategist of the Capacity to Deliver part. He is an excellent saxophonist and plays in several important Slovak bands.



Alexander Topilin

Program assistant and visual expert

Alexander devoted his study of Architecture at STU within the project to program assistance but also to the creation of interesting visual collages. Alexander is a co-founder of the Trenčín association Hlava 5, he co-organizes the city festival Priestor. 



Terina Barčáková

International relations

Thanks to Terina, we managed to establish a lot of cooperation with other ECoC cities and her task was to contact and invent various connections within the program as well as other parts of the project. Terina is a graduate of production at the VŠMU, currently she is engaged in marketing and copwriting, but she is especially the founder of the Trenčín Priestor festival.


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Mirka Gúčiková

PR and Marketing manager

Mirka has been part of the team since September 2021. She is in charge of what we do and what happens here. She writes news on our website and texts for promotional materials, collaborates on marketing campaigns, is in charge of delivering news for the media and contact with them. From time to time as a consultant, she helps people give soul to their presentations. Her love is the village library in Podolie, which she has been running and revitalizing for years.



Zuzana Kvasnicová

Production Manager

Zuzka graduated from the University of Economics in Bratislava and works within the Trenčín 2026 team as the main production member. She works with people and never uses the words "I don't know" and "I can't" :) Her life is enriched by her son Anthony, and when she doesn't work, she loves to wander across the world. She worked on a large production project of czech artist Kateřina Šedá called SATURDAY ON SUNDAY and she has a role as a senior production member of our team.



Vuk Radulović

European Dimension Expert

Vuk has joined the team in the final stage of competition as a great fan of Trenčin 2026 project. His main task is to strengthen the EU dimension of the project and to help with the international partnerships. In everyday life, he is doing a PhD in Law and EU integration and working on the independent research about the ECoC projects from 2013 do 2020, but also writing a book about his ECoC learnings after almost a decade of experience working for several ECoC projects.

Contact: vuk.radulović


Patrik Kubizna

Production internship

Patrik is a student of film production at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and works in the team as a production assistant. He uses his experience from school but also from projects he has led, such as the Festival of Light and Shadow in Trnava. In the past he did film workshops in Trenčín and studied at ŠUP. His heart project is the Garage, which he focuses on from the beginning to the end.




Veronika Juricová

Program internship

Veronika loves books, so that's why she's studying editorship and publishing experience at UKF in Nitra. She practices her skills in the nationwide student magazine HMOTA, in which she holds the position of chief editor. In our team, she is an intern in the program department, where she helps to facilitate the work of her colleagues - she communicates and organizes meetings, provides the necessary materials and handles all tasks that occur during the day. She is also always opened to help anyone who needs it.


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Natália Husárová

Marketing and social media

Natália has been part of the team since September 2021. She manages social media, website and participates in the creation of the marketing communication of the Trenčín 2026 project. She has been involved multiple times as a volunteer or employee in cultural-creative industry in Trenčín. She gain here knowledge in Trenčín-based creative agency Flecklab as a part of Fleck Coworking.


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